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Extra, Extra: A Good Day for Rush, a So-So Day for Ikea Monkey, and a Bad Day for BitTorrent Users

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • Star Columnist Martin Regg Cohn raises an excellent point: Why are we all obsessing over Tim Hudak’s sound bites about dismantling the LCBO, when what we should be raging against is The Beer Store?
  • Rush is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after years of snubs.
  • And Rob Ford, though officially on hiatus, found time to tweet about it. (Or, more likely, one of his staffers did.)
  • The latest development in the unfolding Ikea monkey saga is a shocker: the monkey likes Quiznos subs. Also, his owner wants him back.
  • Not to be outdone, Michael Hollett, editor and publisher of NOW Magazine, has written a column in which he tells the world all about how he had a monkey in the city before having a monkey in the city was cool. Maybe if he’d let the monkey wander around a furniture store, he wouldn’t have had to found an alt weekly to get his name in print.
  • Do you love torrenting your movies? Take note: Voltage Pictures is demanding that Teksavvy give up information about 2,000 subscribers who have allegedly pirated copyrighted materials. The internet provider has refused, but a court could force the issue. (Here’s a helpful link that serves as a primer to new copyright law and damages.)
  • Windsor, Ontario officials don’t care that Stephen Colbert called their city “the earth’s rectum.” They just want him to come march in their parade.
  • This Magazine is taking an unconventional approach to financing its year-end issue: an Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The goal is a modest $3,500, and you have two weeks to donate.
  • Here’s a newsworthy fact that is nevertheless unlikely to be of interest to more than, like, two of you: Garry Tanuan has won the by-election for a seat on the Toronto Catholic District School Board in Ward 8. (That’s TCDSB Ward 8, which is in a different location than Toronto Ward 8.) Good for him.

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